How to Set Windows 7 as the Default OS on a Dual Boot PC with Windows 8?

To begin the article, first, you need to understand what a dual boot computer is. While most computers have a single Operating System (OS) built in, it is equally possible to use two Operating Systems at the same time on one computer. This process is called dual-booting. You can anytime switch between the two depending on the task you want to perform. After installation, both operating systems will be available on the boot. The one that you have installed recently will be on the first boot and the previously installed operating system will be on the secondary boot sequence.

For instance, say you have installed Windows 7 previously and Windows 8 later. In such a case, Windows will take you to the Windows 8 login screen and vice-versa. However, you can alter the default settings if you have a particular preference of Operating System. You can go ahead and set the OS that you like as the default OS whenever you boot into your dual computer which is what we are going to discuss in this risewindows article. And the good thing is that you don’t even require a third-party tool to do so.

Keep reading for the detailed instructions.

How to Set Windows 7 as the Default OS on a Dual Boot PC with Windows 8?

Step 1: Log into your Windows 8 Operating System and then go to the This PC icon. Now click on Properties which will take you to the System window.

In case of Windows 7, right-click on Computer and then click on the Properties options to see the  System window.

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Step 2: In the left side pane, click on Advanced System Settings.

Step 3: Click on the Advanced tab.

Step 4: Look for the settings option under the “Startup and Recovery” section which opens a dialog box.

Step 5: You will find that Windows 8 has been set as the default “Default operating system”.

Step 6: Select Windows 7 from the drop-down menu.

Step 7: Click on OK.

The boot sequence will be changes after you complete the above steps. Whenever you boot in to your computer, it will be default show you the Windows login screen. In case you change your mind in future and want to go back to the previous settings, follow the same steps and in step 6, select Windows 8 from the drop-down menu.

Additional tips: In step 6, you will find an option that says “Time to display the list of operating systems:” which shows exactly how much time you have to choose an Operating System to log n to your computer. Say you have 30 to choose an OS. If you fail to choose one within the time limit, it will log in to the one that you have chosen as default Operating System. In this case, it will by default log into Windows 7.

Say you have chosen Windows 7 as the default OS after logging into Windows 8 in step 6. In this case it will take you up to the boot screen of Windows 8, and from there, it will be restart automatically, and it will take you up to the Windows 7 Login Screen. Hence, it will take more time to start Windows 8. Therefore, better to make Windows 7 the default operating system through Windows 7 only.

That is it.

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